Party People. Today’s Friday’s Featured Flip on Midcrest is going to be a controversial one and I can’t wait for you to see it. Let the great debate begin!
The reason Midcrest is going to be controversial is because the end results could be described as stunning. Gorgeous even. I wish I could agree but I find this house lacking. The design is very much in keeping with what’s on trend on HGTV (reclaimed wood accents, open concept, etc.) but I really don’t care for it, probably because they ripped out a lot of the great, old architectural details.
Before you dismiss my rage against Midcrest for robbing this house of all its greatness, understand that I’m not a rabid, blind preservationists. Point of fact, in this week’s TTT, I mentioned that I could see removing a built-in hutch to make that small house open concept. My biggest issue is that some original detailing was removed for no apparent reason and others removed and replaced with poor, gimmicky substitutes.
Before we look at the house, let’s check out the details.
Details: Facts & Figures
Midcrest is in a great neighborhood in Oakland. A few years ago, it was considered one of the best neighborhoods in Oakland. But it’s being over taken by another neighborhood with better access to mass transit. Still this neighborhood has a great elementary school (perhaps one of the most coveted in Oakland), is quiet and within a mile of a nice shopping district.
This will be the buyer’s second home and they’ll have kids. I don’t think they’ll care about the public schools because their kids will probably be in private school.
Without further ado…
I really like the front of this house in its before state. All it needed was a coat of paint. Midcrest Flipper did not agree.
My biggest issue with the after is everything they got rid of, like the little window in the peak, the trim around the windows and the awning over the small porch over the garage. But my biggest issue is with all the wood they added — both to the second story and around the window near the stairs. I don’t think that looks good now and it’s going to age terribly.
They also swapped out the windows. The old windows had mullions and therefore added some interest to the front of the house. The new windows have zero architectural detail, which makes the front read plain. Lest you think I’m just a hater: I do love the color of the garage door.
Do you see the closet in the background? It seems useful, right? Both for having a place to put things when you come home and also to define an entry way.
Now you don’t. And the annoying thing is is that they didn’t replace the closet with another one, which means you have nowhere to hang your or your guest’s coats upon coming in. Also, if you loved the wood on the front of the house, well, you’re in luck, because you get even more when you first walk in.
Living, Dining & Kitchen: before
The first floor layout was completely changed and I can’t really tell how so I’ll just show you all the spaces at once.
Living, Dining & Kitchen: after
I’m pretty sure all those beams were removed in order to open up the walls. You know what I think of that swap. #booty
This office is right off of the entry way.
I think they should have put in a door with a window to let in more light.
These spaces were also completely reconfigured, leaving no way to match the befores with the afters.
Okay, this bathroom is pretty perfect. Based on the view out of the window it looks like it’s on the 2nd floor. It’s weird that this was the only bathroom they put in the MLS.
The transformation is pretty remarkable. The house is almost unrecognizable. The after looks so much smaller but we know it isn’t because they increased the square footage. Also you can see that they bumped out the dining room, kitchen into the backyard. Maybe that’s how they increased the square footage.
A lot of money and thought went into improving this area. I love everything but the weird cantilever-thing going from the first floor, up to the second and around the upper balcony. Am I the only one that thinks it looks like a hook? And of course, I could have done without the wood under the eaves of the hook.
I think you can only really appreciate the change by seeing the before and after side by side.
Well that’s it. I’m dying to hear what you think. Did I hit the nail on the head? Or am I completely off base? Please tell me. Don’t worry that if you tell me I’m off my rocker, you’ll also be killing my dream of becoming a flipper…